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Re: “Hinesburg Selectboard, Vermont Gas Reach Agreement on Pipeline

Good question. The land was given to the town by the Geprags sisters, and it came with a covenant requiring that it be used for recreation or education purposes. Eminent domain is necessary to overcome that covenant.

Posted by Alicia Freese on 07/29/2016 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Jill Over Hill'? Stein Makes a Play for Bernie-or-Bust Protesters

Thank you Vermont! In little over two weeks the Jill Stein campaign has collected over 1405 certified signatures,with more arriving in the mail, Today an enthusiastic group of Stein supporters submitted the necessary consent forms and signatures to put Jill Stein on the presidential ballot here in Vermont! Seventy four towns from Bennington and Brattleboro to Burlington and the Northeast Kingdom were represented. We are moving forward carrying the message initiated in Bernie's campaign to voters and citizens in Vermont and the United States. If you haven't contacted the campaign we await your call. There is much to do in the coming months. Elizabeth Parker, Central Vermont and Lamoille Organizer.

Posted by Elizabeth Parker on 07/29/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Hinesburg Selectboard, Vermont Gas Reach Agreement on Pipeline

I am confused! Why doesn't the agreement with the selectboard make the eminent domain proceedings moot?

Posted by Donald Maurice Kreis on 07/29/2016 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Dunne Snags Sanders Campaign Manager’s Endorsement

But who does Bernie's dry cleaner endorse?

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 07/29/2016 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Dunne Snags Sanders Campaign Manager’s Endorsement

Dunne: a man who's re-promising us everything that Peter Shumlin promised us, and we know Shumlin was lying. Why would we possibly fall for the same false promises twice?

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/29/2016 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Dunne Snags Sanders Campaign Manager’s Endorsement

Because our next Governor should be a wealthy tech executive, whose campaign is being bankrolled by Silicon Valley. That really seems to fall in line with everything Sanders espouses......

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Posted by Walter Cronkite on 07/29/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Howard Dean Endorses Sue Minter for Governor

I've always found Gov Dean to be good looking, but I would rather see Sue Minter's image front and center in this story. #genderbias #eveninvtliberalmedia

I suppose you could rationalize that the story is about Dean's endorsement, not Minter's candidacy, but I think it's really the other way around. Cheers

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Posted by Ian Robert Hemley on 07/29/2016 at 10:04 AM

Re: “After Convention Star Turn, Vermont Delegate Leaves Philly in Protest

The three commenters here obviously have their point of view. But we were given the vote and told it was our chance to express our beliefs and values in a democracy. It is not something that can be bartered for or counted on by some political parties. We never were told that we were only allowed to vote for one of two candidates. That would smack of totalitarianism. Instead we were told that it is a valuable and inalienable right to participate in an election. Why, then, are we not allowed to express our true beliefs and feelings? Why do we have to "get with the program?" I will not vote for either Trump or Hillary because they are equally dangerous, in different ways. Trump will destroy civil society. Hillary will cement the oligarchy in place forever. Each means a loss of freedom and equality. Just because you all feel the preference for one result is somehow preferable to the other doesn't mean we have to agree with you.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 07/29/2016 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Protests at Philly Convention Stir Memories of 1968 Chicago

You lost any semblance of credibility when you said with a straight face that now they're called Bernie Bros. Just clueless. And sexist. And marginalizing. And parroting one campaign's propaganda unquestioningly.

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Posted by Dev Martin on 07/29/2016 at 3:42 AM

Re: “After Convention Star Turn, Vermont Delegate Leaves Philly in Protest

Seriously, Brian's right. If this was about true conviction and not (more) posturing, Ms. Nelson would know in her heart and express IN HER ACTIONS that it's time to stop being so incredibly selfish and take one for the team. Team Not Trump, since there's no better way to put it. We support Bernie too (please note the present tense). But this is not about Bernie anymore, he conceded as much himself when he threw his support behind Hillary this week. In fact there is only ONE person now, who can prevent our world from looking exactly like Ms. Nelson's precious smashed glass globe in the future, and that person - however you may feel about her - is Hillary. She IS the choice at this late stage in the game. Yes there is evidence now that, as previously suspected, the whole process was stacked against Bernie from the start. It's demoralizing, unfair, and highly undemocratic. Yes, Hillary represents that very establishment in some dismaying ways. And no, Hillary is not anything close to being a substitute for Bernie and what he stands for. But get with it Shyla. Open your eyes, hold your nose if you must, and get over yourself long enough to use your powers for good in encouraging others to do the same, and soon, unless you want Trump to be our next President. Even in VT he has an alarmingly strong following. Door 1 or Door 2. Now. It IS that simple.

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Posted by Dabs on 07/28/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “With Assist From Sanders, Clinton Claims Democratic Nomination

Columnist Chris Hedges noted,

“Sanders squandered his most important historical moment. He had a chance, one chance, to take the energy, anger and momentum, walk out the doors of the Wells Fargo Center and into the streets to help build a third-party movement.

His call to his delegates to face "reality" and support Clinton was an insulting repudiation of the reality his supporters, mostly young men and young women, had overcome by lifting him from an obscure candidate polling at 12 percent into a serious contender for the nomination.

Sanders not only sold out his base, he mocked it. This was a spiritual wound, not a political one. For this he must ask forgiveness.”

Walter F. Wouk

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Posted by Walter Wouk on 07/28/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Pedaling the Rail Trail in Saranac Lake

We are so excited about our upcoming trip on the Rail Bikes. Our six-day Adirondack bicycle vacation will be using paved roads most of the time, but we can't wait to "ride the rails" in August!
Simon Burrows
Great Bike Tours (

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Posted by Simon Burrows on 07/28/2016 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Protests at Philly Convention Stir Memories of 1968 Chicago

Thanks, Kevin, for the comparison, reminding us that we face many of the same issues now, even though the long arc of history has bent in a slightly positive direction. The horrible policies of the 1968 Democratic establishment, with a candidate complicit in a war based on lies that would ultimately kill over 3 million people, shut progressives out and almost wrecked the party. (FWIW, I voted for Dick Gregory.) Establishment Democrats screamed at us because the alternative would be Nixon. They were right about how terrible Nixon would be, but at some point one can't vote for evil even if it is the lesser of evils. I don't think it's nearly as bad this year. If Bernie and others can keep up the constant pressure, Hillary may even keep a few progressive promises. But I absolutely understand the anger of many of Bernie's supporters, and believe their reluctance to support Hillary will help to keep up the needed pressure on her and the party.

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Posted by Steve Carlson on 07/28/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “After Convention Star Turn, Vermont Delegate Leaves Philly in Protest

Shyla loves the spotlight!

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Posted by Brian Harwood on 07/28/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Protests at Philly Convention Stir Memories of 1968 Chicago

Article in the Nation July 21 by John Nichols

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Posted by Lucille on 07/28/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Protests at Philly Convention Stir Memories of 1968 Chicago

I wasn't as fortunate as you, Kevin. My skull did not escape the wrath of Mayor Daley's police officers.

While I agree there are many similarities between the Chicago and Philadelphia timeline, I must take exception to your statement ("reforms that have given voters more power in picking a presidential nominee"). It appears there is very little difference between rigged caucuses in '68 and rigged primaries in '16. The party bosses STILL decide who the nominee will be, and they do it while "the whole world is (still) watching."

Because some things never, ever change.

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Posted by hofsterini on 07/28/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “After Convention Star Turn, Vermont Delegate Leaves Philly in Protest

some of these delegates need to be careful not to break their arm patting their backs,

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Posted by Pixelvt on 07/28/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “With Assist From Sanders, Clinton Claims Democratic Nomination

To bad he didn't have the Spine to fight the injustice.

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Posted by ezduzit on 07/28/2016 at 1:14 PM

Re: “VPR/Castleton Poll Suggests Tight Democratic Race for Governor

If Vermont is so great (which it is) Why is so many in MontP taking a ton of money from outside the state to control the lives of the people of Vermont.
It's pretty easy to look up their campaign contributions and where they came from. Do it for your self and it will blow your mind. Want something hard to look up, try where Sue minter is from and her history. It could be Mass, add that to the MASSive amount of out of state money she takes and then ask why she is making such a MASSive issue about taking hard working Vermont folks ability to protect their families with her #1 issue being Gun Control. Look at Germany and France the last several weeks. Look at the number of Syrian Refugees doing the killing. Look at how many of the recent killings are by knife. These folks want to bring them (refugees) to Vermont, use out of state money to turn Vermont into higher risk and less safe state. No viable knowledge of the words "unintended consequences".

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by ezduzit on 07/28/2016 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Bernie Sanders Appeals for Unity in Democratic Convention Address

First of all, your scenario is made up. Secondly, if 70% of people feel Hillary is dishonest then it is true that 70% of people feel Hillary is dishonest. Your attempt at reductio ad absurdum falls flat as does your attempt to draw a conclusion about anything presented in that poll other than a large majority of people polled feel Hillary Clinton is dishonest.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 07/28/2016 at 12:11 PM

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